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18 dead as herders, farmers clash in Niger

Clashes between herders and farmers are not unusual in drought-hit Niger, especially during the harvest which coincides with cattle being moved to pastureAt least 18 people were killed and dozens wounded in clashes in Niger between cattle herders and farmers, officials said, adding that women and children were among the dead. The violence kicked off on Tuesday morning after a herd of cattle wandered into a farmer’s field and damaged the cereal crop, a local official said, asking not to be named. Such clashes are not unusual in drought-hit Niger, where food shortages and scarce water supplies inflame tensions, especially during the harvest, which coincides with cattle being moved to pasture.

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